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What Saved NBC's 'Trauma' From Cancellation?

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Nov 19th 2009 2:56PM
'Trauma' saves itself out of cancellation. Less than a month after announcing it was going to cancel 'Trauma', NBC has had a change of heart.

Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood reported Thursday that the network would be continuing it's original order for the series and plans an additional order for a few more episodes.

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Cable day two: they keep you runnin' - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 29th 2009 6:32PM
Rescue Ink UnleashedIt becomes extraordinarily tough to do reports during the cable sessions, mainly because the various networks give you one session after another without much time to breathe. You're also shuttling back and forth between two ballrooms. Finally, if you happen to be lucky enough to get some one-on-one time with a few people (as I did with Joan Rivers and the guys behind the new BBC America show The InBetweeners)... well, it leads to posts that don't go live until nighttime on the East Coast.

Heck, I haven't even written about last night's AMC cocktail party and the comic stylings of Jon Hamm yet. That'll come when I get a chance. The latest info and quips will always be on our Twitter feed if you're curious.

For now, though, some highlights of the day:

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Inspiration for Friday Night Lights' character dies

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 29th 2008 3:41PM
Scott Porter Friday Night LightsReality is not reality like in TV reality series. Reality, in fact, is usually too true and very often sad. With that in mind, David Edwards, the young man who was the inspiration for the character Jason Street on NBC's Friday Night Lights, has died. Just 20 years old, David was injured by playing high school football for San Antonio Madison in November 2003. He was a defensive back, and while going after a pass, he collided with an Austin Westlake receiver. Edwards' neck was broken and the injury resulted in his becoming paralyzed.

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FX eyes pilot centered on Russian Mafia

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 7th 2007 4:01PM

peter bergPeter Berg (currently a writer/director/producer for Friday Night Lights) and screenwriter Sheldon Turner have teamed up to create a pilot for FX that takes place within the world of the Russian Mafia.

The series (no title yet) centers on two undercover law enforcement officers who find themselves immersed in this world. One goes crazy and disappears and the other is forced to track him down. As Variety points out, it's not unlike Heart of Darkness (or Apocalypse Now, for those of you who don't read books).

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Friday Night Lights author has a few words for Dancing fans

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 24th 2006 3:56PM
Friday Night Lights

I have no interest in watching Friday Night Lights, but I agree with author Buzz Bissinger (he wrote the book that the TV show is based on) when he gives his opinion of Dancing with the Stars.

He tells The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he used to work that "America is getting what it deserves - crappy, stupid, artificial reality TV...it's distressing that so many people are flocking to a show that's obviously contrived and ridiculous."

I agree, though I would extend the sentiment to almost every other reality show on the air right now. NBC isn't giving up on the show yet though. Not only has the network ordered nine more scripts for the show, it's also going to give it a shot in Studio 60's time slot next Monday at 10pm. Maybe some people will tune in after Heroes, which just keeps on getting stronger and stronger (in ratings as well as quality).

[via TV Tattle]

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Peter Berg answers fan questions

by Brett Love, posted Oct 4th 2006 12:18PM
Peter BergPeter Berg, creator and executive producer of Friday Night Lights, did a live blog during the premiere last night. It's too late to participate in the event, but the entries are still up. Rather than just giving his thoughts on the show randomly, he answered questions submitted by fans. He covers what drew him to the project, his thoughts on Kyle Chandler, the role of religion, and diversity on the show, among other things. There are a couple small spoilers that have to do with casting and characters we have yet to meet, just so you know. No major plot giveaways though. It's an interesting read with some good trivia for fans of the show.

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Friday Night Lights: Pilot (series premiere)

by Brett Love, posted Oct 4th 2006 7:28AM
Friday Night Lights
(S01E01)
I had a first look at this one a couple weeks back, and now we are finally to the premiere. Friday Night Lights has taken a back seat to both Studio 60 and Heroes where the NBC promotional department is concerned but it is one of the new series that deserves to find its audience.

Right from the start this episode sets the tone for the show. I really like the radio voice over as we peek into various scenes around the town. It takes its time and isn't in a hurry to force too much at the viewer. It also showcases what is the Friday Night Lights look. Lots of handheld camera, shooting on location, and a very real and gritty vibe to everything. It's different, and refreshing.

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